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Photo via Virgil Abloh's Instagram page.

Virgil Abloh Has Presented His First Collection for Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week

The acclaimed Ghanaian-American designer made a bold statement today as Louis Vuitton's menswear artistic director with his SS19 collection.

Since Louis Vuitton announced the appointment of Virgil Abloh, the Ghanaian-American designer behind fashion label Off-White, as its new head of menswear, the anticipation and excitement of his first collection for the French luxury brand has been at an all-time high.

"This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams," Abloh said back in March. "And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start."

Abloh presented a glimpse of this next chapter at Paris Fashion Week today with Louis Vuitton's SS19 menswear collection. Models walked the long rainbow runway donning tailored all-white ensembles to bright and colorful streetwear looks that included utility vests and marble prints, Highsnobiety reports.


The menswear artistic director also provided a t-shirt and show notes to every guest that includes a document entitled, The Vocabulary According to Virgil Abloh which gives his own take and definitions of fashion terminology. Under the letter 'R' his definintion of the word 'rainbow' encompasses the feel of the show:

A kaleidoscopic palette evolving from off-white to polychromatic, synchronously forming a holograph archway knowns to represent dream. A motif in The Wizard of Oz, which provide construct to the Spring-Summer 2019 collection.

Friends and supporters of Abloh, including Kid Cudi, Theophilus London, A$AP Nast and Playboi Carti, were also among the models walking the runway in the show. Abloh ended his show walking the runway with tears of joy, embracing Kanye West as he took in this historic moment.

Take a glimpse at some of the looks from the show below.




View the full collection here.

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The 15 Best South African Summer Songs of 2018

These are the hits South Africans will be losing their morals to this December.

In summer, especially the month of December, South Africa becomes something else.

December (or should we say Dezemba) is a lifestyle of some sort, where people forget about their troubles, work… pretty much everything and become shamelessly hedonistic—and we are totally here for that.

But there's nothing that makes Dezemba more memorable than the songs of the summer. It's those songs that are a permanent fixture on every South African's playlist as they take a break from a long and stressful year (2018 has been a lot!).

Below, we list some songs that have potential to be the soundtrack to December in South Africa. Some have already picked up in the past few months, while others are teeming with potential.

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The talented South African MC drops a vibrant visual for his latest single.

Sipho the Gift is the budding South African rapper who is known for his bold and thought-provoking lyricism.

He just released the music video for "Hold Up," his groovy new single.

"It's a song about young love and I wanted that to translate through to the visuals by telling a love story," he tells us.

Shot in Cape Town by Jasyn Howes with the help of VideoCartel, this video captures the subtle joys of youth and romance.

Check out Sipho the Gift's new music video for "Hold Up" below.

You can also watch the music video in full over at iTunes.

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A Film Based on a Novel by Acclaimed Kenyan Author Ngugi wa Thiong'o Is In the Works

Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan is developing Ngugi's novel "Matigari" with Kenyan and South African filmmakers.

A novel by Kenya's own Ngugi wa Thiong'o is being adapted to a film, Brittle Paper reports.

Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan shared at the Africa Movie Academy Awards that Ngugi's 1987 work, Matigari, is in development with Kenyan and South African filmmakers, who have yet to be revealed.

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